Following the news of the acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft, the employees of the company’s studios have started discussing the consequences of the purchase on social networks. Activision Blizzard has been criticized since July, when the first news about the company was filed, on numerous counts of employee misconduct, including sex work discrimination.
Many Activision Blizzard employees woke up a few days before realizing that Microsoft had begun the acquisition process. So many of them are now talking about the purchase and its effects on employees. Many employees explained that if Microsoft allowed them to form a union, they would have no problem buying. Others call for immediate dismissal Bobby Kotik, CEO of Activision Blizzard; The person who was officially announced will remain in office at least until the end of the process of purchasing Activision Blizzard by Microsoft.
Purchasing Activision Blizzard does not happen overnight. The contract may take between 12 and 18 months to close, and the purchase is expected to be finalized in 2023. Most likely, Microsoft will not be able to do anything about Activision Blizzard’s hierarchy until the purchase is complete. But many employees are still angry that Bobby Kotik is not fired.
A number of company employees are worried about their future careers. Given the struggles of employees against Activision Blizzard’s unhealthy work culture, these people are worried that their voices will be silenced as the company is acquired and that their efforts will not go anywhere. “We have not received any calls from high-ranking officials since the strike began,” one employee wrote on Twitter. So now we do not know if the reason they did not communicate with us is because they have been negotiating with other people or if they think that we are no longer someone else’s problem with the purchase. [شاید هم] We are so few [اعتصابمان] “It’s not worth paying attention to.”
As Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is expected to be completed by mid-2023, the company’s employees are in a state of uncertainty. Many worry that things will get worse, and they also struggle with the idea that things may never get better.